Hello everybody, I am new to this group.
Although I trust my GP it would be helpful to ask a couple of questions from this wider forum. Thank you in anticipation.
About four to five years ago I started to wheeze and had a constant cough. To my horror my doc diagnosed that I had Asthma.
Over the years it has got worse, seemingly to have formed a repeating cycle at about four to five week intervals. It starts with an innocent cough, then wheezing and chest congestion. At about the third to forth week I have to contemplate even walking up the slight inline at the end of the street without being out of breath. By the end of the fourth week or so, I am feeling ill, tired tight chested, and canâ€™t even cross the room without seriously gasping for breath and having to sit or lie down. The only positive relief being a course of Prednisolone tablets, six 5mg tablets a day, for five days, or sometimes longer. Within twenty four hours I am transformed into a new man, full of vitality and go, finding it hard to belief that I am the same pitiful person of only a few hours previous. They really are bumper â€˜wowâ€™ tabletsâ€¦But at what cost? I really am reluctant in having to resort to taking them, but there seems to be no alternative. Apart from the monthly shots of the Prednisolone I am taking two puffs morning and evening of a Symbicort 400/12 Turbohaler, but it is difficult to know if it is doing any good as the monthly deterioration always gets worse until the relief of Prednisolone. I also have a blue relief inhaler, but that also doesnâ€™t seem work when things are getting bad.
The first question isâ€¦Is this a normal kind of Asthma? As most people I know with the problem seem to have sudden attacks, generally through coming into contact with some kind of allergen, like walking into a room full of cats. Is something triggering it off or is it just a normal cycle I have got into? My doctor just nods sympathetically and keeps on with the prescriptions, bless him!
The second question isâ€¦..Are the five to six courses of Prednisolone a year causing any unforeseen long term damage, knowing that they are steroids and not that I know much about them? Views on this seem to vary greatly. Some say that taking them intermittently isnâ€™t really harmful. My doc seems to think that I am verging on a borderline situation.
And a third question, if I dare!â€¦â€¦If the Prednisolone is harmful with this kind of dosage, what are the downsides?
Iâ€™m sure you have all heard similar questions about Prednislone time and time again, but some views would be appreciated.
PS I submitted a similar posting yesterday, but as it hasnt appeared, and I am not used to the proceedures, probably pressing a wrong button or something. If it does appear and doubles up on the questions, forgive the over kill.